The Dorset port is celebrating a world first

Poole Harbour has become the first port in the world to commercially adopt a 3D Vessel
Traffic Monitoring System.

The unique C-Vu
technology is specifically tailored to present an accurate real-time 3D
solution for increased navigational safety in ports and harbours.

Poole Harbour
Commissioners have commissioned the new navigation system to boost their situational awareness and therefore enhance the safety operation of marine traffic within their

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The technology
provides flexibility in selecting viewpoints and perspectives, both
above and below the water, of a vessel being monitored.

It aims to provide significant
support in detecting dangers by employing collision and grounding predictions,
assisting harbour control to monitor the spatial distance of moving vessels, particularly
important during the rise and fall of tides.  

Data from the
system can be stored for up to 10 years and played back in full detail at any
time, enabling analysis of marine incidents and adding value in claims

Poole Harbour Commissioners harbour
master, Captain Brian Murphy, said: ‘As guardians of Europe’s largest natural
harbour, it is Poole Harbour Commissioners responsibility to ensure we consider
the best technology available to deliver an even higher level of navigational

‘We are thrilled
with the new C-Vu system, its 3D display of critical vessel movement information
has helped us to understand in amazing clarity and flexibility the reality of
what is actually happening above and below the water.

‘It is clear that C-Vu is
setting the future standard for vessel traffic systems, and we at Poole are
pleased to be an early adopter of this enhancement to vessel monitoring

Alastair MacDonald, added: ‘We are delighted to have been chosen by Poole
Harbour Commissioners to install a C-Vu 3D VTS system in their vessel traffic
management centre.

‘The highly positive feedback following the installation has
confirmed our ability to deliver innovative technology that enhances
operational safety, productivity and efficiency.’

Last year Poole Harbour Commissioners agreed an extension to Poole Quay Marina instead of building a new 900-berth marina at Hamworthy Park.